The Schmidt Hits the Fan


In “Going Rogue,” Sarah Palin settled some scores with those she felt had done her wrong, including top aides to John McCain. One of the aides who came in for some of the most blistering criticism was a top campaign strategist, Steve Schmidt, and he’s now punching back. But paybacks can be tough, as Schmidt demonstrated in his appearance on CBS’ “60 Minutes” Sunday night.

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According to Schmidt, McCain was set to pick Sen. Joe Lieberman as his running mate, but, “once word leaked out . . . the blowback was ferocious.” Immediately following Palin’s selection, he described her as having been “nonplussed.” When he asked Palin if she was nervous, she said, “No, it’s God’s plan.”

Regarding Palin’s vice presidential debate against then-Sen. Joe Biden, Schmidt asserted that during the campaign, a staffer prepping Palin warned him that “the debate was going to be a debacle of historic and epic proportions.” Schmidt also said that the reason Palin asked Biden, “Can I call you Joe?” at the beginning of their square-off was in order to avoid an embarrassing verbal tick: During rehearsal she kept calling him “O’Biden.”

Ultimately, though, Schmidt concluded that Palin “more than held her own” in the debate, even if she had failed to clear the hurdle known as Katie Couric. Schmidt told “60 Minutes” correspondent Anderson Cooper that Palin failed to properly prepare for her dreadful performance in the Couric interview because she was too focused on answering written questions for an Alaska newspaper.

Schmidt also went on to question Palin’s past – and current– veracity: “There were numerous instances that she said things that were . . . not accurate, that ultimately the campaign had to deal with and that opened the door to criticism that she was being untruthful and inaccurate,” he told Cooper. “And I think that that is something that continues to this day.”


And that is not all that the former McCain aide has done to annoy conservatives. This past April, he appeared before the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights group, and endorsed gay marriages – a position at odds with the stated position of McCain, Palin and virtually every other Republican office holder in the United States with realistic aspirations of national office. Schmidt went on to note that the GOP was in danger of becoming a “Religious Party.”

Moreover, in October Schmidt said Palin would be a potentially “catastrophic” choice for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination; in November, he characterized her memoirs “total fiction.”

Ultimately, however, even Schmidt will not say that McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as a running mate was a mistake: “Had she not been on the ticket,” he said, “our margin of defeat would have been even greater.”

Oh well, Schmidt happens!


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24 responses to “The Schmidt Hits the Fan

  1. writechic

    There’s that awesome title! I had to be born. πŸ™‚

  2. All I can say is that I’m so glad that she will be on Faux News where I won’t have to see nor hear her. She’s an excellent choice for that news organization and she should be very happy there with her pathetic fans who can grovel over her daily.

    • oh, and I almost forgot….where she can show off all her wonderful outfits.

      • i don’t think she’ll be on every day. you know she can’t make that kind of commitment. i bet she’ll get a clothing allowance, too. ironic, huh? i wonder if she’s going to fly in from wasilla for her appearances or if she’ll move to elitist nyc.

        • writechic

          Oh noes! There aren’t real Americans in New York, right? What’s she gonna do?

          • of course there are. roger ailes, rupie murdoch, bill0. and don’t forget all those wall street types. of course, they wouldn’t invite her over for parties. she’s so common.

            • writechic

              Oh, I was thinking of the people yelling the n-word and treating her like XX coming of christ.

              (She’s a little meaty for those Manhattan social X-rays, too.) πŸ˜‰

            • mary b

              Rush has a place in NYC too.
              I wonder though, where in NYC they all meet and greet each other? Must be in some one’s townhouse. From my memories of NY, (which are getting fairly old) the right wing nutjobs aren’t too welcome there.

              Then again, my relatives tell me they are starting to build mega churches in my old home of CT. Who woulda known?? I never thought that CT would put up with that crap.

              Fox did say that $carah will be an ‘occasional commenter’. They know that she couldn’t keep a half hour show going being that she is unable to speak. They compared her being on Fox to Ollie North (the one that belongs in prison still for Iran-Contra, the fall guy for Reagan). I guess Ollie does occasional commentary, too also.

              • mary b

                BTW, I wonder how the Fox anchors are going to make fun of teleprompters now seeing that $carah absolutely needs them to speak at any great length.
                It will be funny once Jon Stewart and Colbert get their hands on her first show.

                • i thought rushbo gave up his place in nyc, because he didn’t want to pay his taxes or some such nonsense.

                  princess sarah will have her talking points memorized (that won’t be difficult, since she just says the same things over and over and over again). she won’t be appearing with anyone with a differing opinion. she would look like ever more of a moron if she had someone actually challenging her. of course, in her case, pronouncing nuclear correctly would be challenging.

  3. Palin as v.p. candidate was God’s plan?

    Good to see the old boy hasn’t forgotten how to set up a joke.

  4. Gem of an idea! While reading the extremely hilarious remarks about the Roxxxy programable sex fembot last night on Huffpost, and the question of what to do with it, one enlighten person remarked “put glasses on it, set the chip to say ‘you betcha’ and give it away free with a subscription to Newsmax”.

  5. Forgive me Nonnie, but why isn’t that bus in the ditch already? and that elephant coulda been been on it’s side with buzzards having lunch.. but I’m vindictive; you continue to amaze!

    • can’t you tell by the angle of the straight talk express that it’s headed straight off the road? as for the poor elephant, i don’t need peta on my ass. πŸ˜‰

  6. Palin and Michael Steele are my all time favorite GOP politicians.
    It’s a guarantee that, given more than 60 seconds of ad libbed sound bytes, either of them will say something stupider than shit.
    Now with the stroke of a pen, Fox News has forever cemented itself into the annals of journalism’s worst, most dishonest and corrupt organization ever.
    I think Roger Ayles is just running Fox News as a perverse inside joke/social experiment.

    • you could say that about a lot of the rethugs–batshit bachmann, virginia so-not-a foxx, louie gohmert, and the twins from oklamhoma, coburn and inhofe. that’s just off the top of my head. they should round them all up and have a laugh-in type show on faux news. just let them stand there and say whatever pops into their minds. hell, i think even i would tune into faux to watch that.